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Washington Semester Summer Internship Program

Summer Internship Program students at the Newseum

Professional Development in DC

Build your dream career.

This summer, if you will have completed your sophomore year of college, you have the opportunity to gain professional skills, study, and explore Washington, D.C.! You also gain unparalleled insight from our knowledgeable faculty. Your dedicated professor-mentor who will help you find your internship, orient you in the city, and work with you throughout the semester to provide you with guidance and advice. Depending on your status, you can earn three to six undergraduate or graduate credits in the program.

The Summer Internship Program is only available to US citizens or permanent residents. We cannot support visas for this program.


3 Credit or 1 Credit Option

3 Credit Option 1 Credit Option
Weekly guest speakers and site visits One weekly class session (75 minutes)
½ day of class sessions each week 4.5 days of internship
Customized Career portfolio assignment Personalized internship advisor/support for internship search
4.5 days of internship Participation in Professional Development Day
Personalized internship advisor/support for internship search
Participation in Professional Development Day

"The American University Summer Internship Program changed me for the better. I could feel myself growing as a writer everyday under the guidance of my editors. I covered everything from new legislation to congressional hearings to Supreme Court rulings. My journalism class re-enforced the skills and resources I needed for my internship. Even when I wasn't at class or my internship, I was exploring the city and learning how to take care of myself as an adult. I can honestly say after returning to my home college, I was more organized and revitalized for my senior year."

Emma Ginader, WSSIP 2014